ICT Use in EFL Classes: A Focus on EFL Teachers’ Characteristics

Mehrak Rahimi, Samaneh Yadollahi

Abstract


This study investigates the level of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). Additionally, it explores the effect of EFL teachers’ personal and technology-related characteristics in ICT use in English classes. Two hundred and forty-eight full time teachers participated in the study and filled in the personal information form, computer anxiety rating scale, computer attitude questionnaire, ICT use rating scale, and computer literacy questionnaire. The results of data analysis revealed that digital portable devices were used more than computer or network applications/tools in English classes and teachers used technology most frequently in teaching oral skills. It was also found that ICT use correlated inversely with teachers’ age, years of teaching experience, and computer anxiety. ICT use was found to be positively and significantly related to teachers’ academic credentials, computer ownership, computer literacy, and use; while ICT use was not related to attitude and gender. Multiple regressions showed that from among the variables that correlated with ICT use, teachers’ computer literacy and academic credentials could predict ICT use.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5430/wjel.v1n2p17

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)   ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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